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Gwar Singer Dave Brockie, AKA Oderus Urungus, Dead at 50
« on: March 24, 2014, 07:25:30 AM »
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Gwar Singer Dave Brockie, AKA Oderus Urungus, Dead at 50
Founding member of outlandish metal band found in home

March 24, 2014 9:50 AM ET

Dave Brockie, founder and lead singer of outlandish metal band Gwar, died Sunday at the age of 50, according to Richmond outlet Style Weekly.

Police were called to the singer's Richmond home Sunday night after responding to a call by Brockie's roommate. Brockie had already died by the time police arrived. Foul play is not suspected at this time, but a cause of death has yet to be determined.

"Dave was one of the funniest, smartest, most creative and energetic persons I've known," former Gwar bassist Mike Bishop told the paper. "He was brash sometimes, always crass, irreverent, he was hilarious in every way. But he was also deeply intelligent and interested in life, history, politics and art."

"I wish it was a joke," added former band member Chris Bopst. "Everyone is in shock."

Brockie had been in a punk band named Death Piggy that staged crude plays when he founded Gwar in 1984. After meeting band member Hunter Jackson, who had created props for Death Piggy and began work on the film Scumdogs of the Universe, Brockie used the outlandish costumes created for the film to form the joke group Gwaaarrrgghhlllgh. After numerous lineup changes and the shortening of the band name, Brockie dissolved Death Piggy and led Gwar, who released their debut album Hell-O in 1988.

The satirical metal band quickly earned a following for its macabre, over-the-top costumes and scatological, offensive lyrics, fashioning themselves interplanetary warriors descended from aliens who arrived on Earth to enslave and slaughter the human race.  The band celebrated their 30th anniversary in 2014, having released their 13th album, Battle Maximus, last year.

"His penchant for scatological humors belied a lucid wit," said Bishop. "He was a criminally underrated lyricist and hard rock vocalist, one of the best, ever! A great frontman, a great painter, writer, he was also a hell of a bass guitarist. I loved him. He was capable of great empathy and had a real sense of justice."

In 2011, Corey Smoot, the Gwar guitarist known as Flattus Maximus, was found dead by his bandmates as they prepared to cross the border into Canada. Smoot, who joined the long-running band in 2002, had the longest tenure in the Maximus role and co-produced 2006's Beyond Hell and 2009's Lust in Space.

Wow this is a complete shock :speechless:
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Re: Gwar Singer Dave Brockie, AKA Oderus Urungus, Dead at 50
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2014, 11:37:58 AM »
Complete and utter kick to the balls when I logged on to Facebook this morning..... I sw GWAR 26 times over the years and I finally made it to the GWAR-B-Q last year..... I once brought Dave's side project DBX to town and he was a super nice guy. He watched our band play and he gave me some free merch...  Last year I entered to participate in the Spew-O-Lympics at the Q and I was his number 1 pick!!

UGH!


Here is me and Brockie in 2004 after the DBX show:



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Re: Gwar Singer Dave Brockie, AKA Oderus Urungus, Dead at 50
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2014, 11:48:19 AM »
That's awesome!
Never got to meet him but really loved the comedy stuff he was doing recently from Christmas skits to reading kids stories.
Truly one of a kind guy!


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Re: Gwar Singer Dave Brockie, AKA Oderus Urungus, Dead at 50
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2014, 12:14:25 PM »
Here is a video of me getting launched in the second event of the SPEW-O-LYMPICS last year.....

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/IX9DMljauqE" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/IX9DMljauqE</a>
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Re: Gwar Singer Dave Brockie, AKA Oderus Urungus, Dead at 50
« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2014, 12:43:22 PM »
I laugh hysterically at this every time I watch these (NSFW)

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/U85CXYJg2lc" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/U85CXYJg2lc</a>

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/vaSkRbbBBUg" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/vaSkRbbBBUg</a>
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Re: Gwar Singer Dave Brockie, AKA Oderus Urungus, Dead at 50
« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2014, 12:59:04 PM »
<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/baExq6xNhQ8" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/baExq6xNhQ8</a>

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Re: Gwar Singer Dave Brockie, AKA Oderus Urungus, Dead at 50
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2014, 04:28:02 PM »
They announced that this years GWAR-B-Q is still on! They are going to have a public memorial the day before.  I am going to go.
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Re: Gwar Singer Dave Brockie, AKA Oderus Urungus, Dead at 50
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2014, 11:17:17 AM »
If you are a fan of GWAR and comic books, the Line is Drawn from Comics Should Be Good are taking submissions for super-heroes who should be redesigned GWAR style in memory of Dave Brockie.  Basically, you suggest a hero and if your submission is picked, one of the Line is Drawn artist draws it.  Just submit on twitter @csbg on twitter and to see this week's art...
http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2014/03/28/the-line-it-is-drawn-183-western-re-designs-of-mangaanime-characters/